Transfer as easy as 1, 2, 3

If you have an interest in changing your path and want a career in art and design, Academy of Art University is the perfect place for you. With innovative facilities, studio learning, and flexible classes taught by professional artists, both online or in San Francisco, you’ll find a unique focus on your needs as a transfer student, and will begin cultivating skills for the dream job you’ve always wanted.

Academy of Art University understands your desire for change and offers quality education with the necessary hands-on training.  As a student here, you’ll have opportunities to work on big projects with top companies, to secure industry-leading internships in your field, and you’ll also be introduced to career opportunities through the university’s vast network of alumni and companies hiring our graduates.

Request More Information today, or attend our College Prep & Transfer Day Event.

Curious about our programs – view all your options on our academics page.

Application and Admission

Transfer students at Academy of Art University have typically attended another college or university for at least one year in good standing prior to applying to the Academy.

It's Really Easy.

Step 1:

Submit your application using one of the following links:


Step 2:

Submit Your Official Transcript(s) by Email or Mail:

How to Send Us Your Transcripts:

Submit your official college or university transcript in a sealed envelope to:

Academy of Art University
Attn: Office of The Registrar
79 New Montgomery St.  B 75
San Francisco, California 94105


Send an official electronic transcript to:


Academy of Art University is also a member of the National Student Clearinghouse Electronic Transcript Exchange Registry and accepts transcripts from other member organizations.

Transcripts should be sealed and mailed to Academy of Art University by the issuing institution.

We must receive your transcripts by the end of your first semester at Academy of Art University.

Transcripts must be in English.

Academy of Art University can only evaluate transcripts that have been translated and notarized in English.


How Your Credits Get Transferred:

We evaluate coursework from accredited colleges/universities that carry the same or similar credit system as Academy of Art University. Applicable transfer credits must be completed with an equivalent grade of “C” or above.

Questions about your transcript?

Give us a call: 1-800-544-2787


Step 3:

Call Today to speak with an Admissions Representative to learn more about: Transfer Admissions | Financial Aid | Flexible Online Classes | Career Paths | Scheduling a Tour | Alumni Success | and More


Questions about your transcript or portfolio (if applicable)? Give us a call: 1-800-544-2787


How to Meet Requirements with Placement Exams and Waivers

Students can meet certain liberal arts requirements through placement exams and waiver options for Written Communication, Quantitative Literacy, Art History and Appreciation, Historical Awareness and Comparative Ideas & Influences.


How to Take Care of Your Finances:

Please use the following links to find answers to your financial questions:


How to Prepare for a Future Transfer:

Students who are interested in transferring to Academy of Art University in the future can start preparing now by using one of our Transfer Guides.

For schools not listed below or if you are seeking an Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree, please contact your Admissions Representative for a separate transfer guide.

Guides for Students Transferring from a California Community College

Companies Hiring Our Graduates

Abercrombie & Fitch
Adidas Group
American Greetings
BLIZZARD Entertainment
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
California Academy of Sciences
CBS Interactive
Christian Dior
Diane von Furstenberg
Disney Interactive
Disney Mobile
Disney–ABC Television Group
DreamWorks Animation SKG
Dwell Magazine
E! Entertainment
Electronic Arts
Ford Motor Company
Gap Inc.
General Motors
Gilt Groupe
HarperCollins Publishers
Hirsch Bedner Associates
Landor Associates
Levi Strauss & Co.
Louis Vuitton
Lucasfilm Ltd.
McCann Worldgroup
Modern Eden Gallery
Paramount Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Restoration Hardware
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Samsung Electronics
San Francisco Design Center
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Shutterfly Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Specialized Bicycle Components

International Student Transfers

Academy of Art University is comprised of a very diverse student body population, both online and on campus in San Francisco.  With acceptance of students from across the globe, the Academy parallels the multicultural make-up and tolerance of its great city, San Francisco, providing an open and safe environment for students to express their own melting pot of creativity.

Learn more about International Services from our International Student Resources.